Monday, September 14, 2009

Two Sides of the Coin

Yesterday afternoon I attended a memorial service for my friend Eileen. As I drove home, I thought about the curious balance of life and death.

I had just said goodbye to an old friend, departed after a long and well-lived life; I'd just received pictures of my new nephew -Asher Andrew Walton, new born Friday, with all of life awaiting him.

Sunrise . . . sunset -- they follow one another in a never-ending round.

And how perfect that the Great Blue Heron -- my personal symbol of eternity (he lurks in the river of Elizabeth's world in the present and the past) -- should be waiting for me when I crossed the river on my way back home. . .

Hello and Goodbye.
Go in peace; Arrive in joy.
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Pat in east TN said...

Wow, how often lately when a friend passes word comes of a new life beginning ... yes, the curious balance of life!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Vicki, that's beautiful.

Vicki Lane said...

It's kind of perfect, Pat.

Thanks, Sam!

Marta McDowell said...

Reminds me of the old hymn "Shall We Gather at the River," the River Styx and crossings.

Tess Kincaid said...

The ebbs and flows of life. Lovely post.

(love the name Asher, btw)

Carol Murdock said...

This is very moving Vicki. I was just thinking how fast the world moves and how much some people miss.

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, yes, Marta, the symbolism of the river is a perfect fit.

Thank you, Willow. This is the first baby Asher I've heard of (but then I don't get out much.) I wonder if it's going to be one of those wildly popular names like Ashley was/is for girls.

Too true, Carol.

Miss_Yves said...

Lovely baby, gorgeous lilium ...Moving post .
I have known this experience, this balance betwwen death and life ...
(I answered to you on my blog)

vicki archer said...

The cycle of life: so easy to understand but sometimes so hard to accept. Lovely post Vicki, xv.

Vicki Lane said...

Thank you, Miss Yves! And thank you for answering my question!

And thank you, Vicki A. -- true words.

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Reader Wil said...

Yea, life goes on and on in a never ending circle. It's "goodbye" and "hello" and we are ready to welcome a new life!

BTW I finished "Signs..." And started "Art's blood". I am looking forward to finishing this one and starting your other books.

Anonymous said...

All my life's a circle, sunrise and sundown; moon goes through the nighttime till the daybreak comes around. All my life's a circle and I can't tell you why, seasons spinning round again, years keep drifting by.

--from a song by Harry Chapin

Chapin's song and the more familiar "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" express it so well, as do your pictures.

Lynne in GA

Vicki Lane said...

Reader Wil -- It's exciting to think that my books are being read in Holland! Hope you are enjoying them!

Lynne -- Of course those two songs are perfect -- I should have stuck in a link.